SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 review

A Flash drive that can be used for both PC and Android Tablets

Sandisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 review

Our Verdict

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is great for the Droid enthusiast. It's a snap to use, it's inexpensive, and it serves a real need. But if you're not a Droid enthusiast, it's just a novelty product with no immense value.

For

  • Easy of use
  • Works with multiple operating systems
  • Great price

Against

  • Transfer speeds
  • Cheap casing

As a Droid User with a Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, I find that transferring files is always a nuisance. Partially because I primarily work on a Mac, but also because I find the software that is used to pair my Droid to my computer is just awful.

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is a great way to mediate the challenges of transferring files to and from your OTG-enabled Android device. You just plug in the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive into your Android, or Windows/Mac OS X computer, and transfer files.

On the Android, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive mounts automatically and you can access files from the device directly or copy them locally. On a computer, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive pops up just like a normal flash drive, which allows an easy drag-and-drop methodology to transferring files.

The drive makes it easy to manage your files on the go, especially if you're a power user and never have the time to unload your SD Card on your Android. No prep needed for transferring files here - you just copy and plug in.

Specs

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is a small thumb drive with a slider that enables you to switch between a USB 3.0 connector and Micro-USB connector. When I say small, I mean small, as the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive itself measures only 0.43 in x 0.78 in x 1.44 in (11mm x 19.8mm x 36.6 mm).

The SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive comes in three different sizes: 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. The cost of the different models won't hurt your wallet. The cost of the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 16GB model is $12.35 (£8.31, AU$16.18), 32GB is $18.98 (£12.77, AU$24.86), and 64GB is $36.25 (£24.39, AU$47.48).

Be aware: the sliding mechanism is cheap and feels flimsy. The casing is good, but mine broke when I was taking the device out of my USB port. The drive still works but the casing is shattered. But I guess this is to be expected for such an inexpensive device.